Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays. In 2003, she was introduced to an elderly gentleman who “might just have a story worth telling.” The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew, and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting to her the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust. She originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay, which ranked high in international competitions, before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.